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Aaron Rome Suspended Four Games For Hit On Nathan Horton

Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows avoided suspension after biting Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, but his teammate, Aaron Rome, was not as lucky.

Rome has been suspended four games - the remainder of the series - after his hit on Bruins forward Nathan Horton in the opening minutes of Boston's 8-1 victory in Game 3 Monday. As a result of the hit, Horton has a severe concussion and will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Finals.

As the Bruins entered the offensive zone early in the first period, the Canucks defenseman landed a late, shoulder-to-head hit on Horton, who fell hard on his head as he hit the ice. Horton laid motionless on the ice for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Horton was released from the hospital Tuesday.

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy said in a statement that Rome clearly overstepped his bounds in hitting Horton:

"Two factors were considered in reaching this decision. The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury."

If the Stanley Cup Finals ends in less than four games, Rome's suspension will carry over to the start of the 2011-12 season. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Rome has reached out to Horton, but now both of them will miss the remainder of the series, which continues Wednesday in Boston.

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